Turn Up For That Red-Letter Day

| Wheaton, IL, USA | Awesome, Employees, Family & Kids

(I was adopted as a baby, but never had much curiosity about my birth family. At 27, I begin to have some medical issues, and it soon becomes apparent that I will need to make contact, and maybe my curiosity wins out a little. I find the address of my birth mother and decide to write her a letter. It sits on my kitchen table for three days before I feel like I have the courage to mail it. I finally decide to try, and grab it as I go out the door. I get to the vestibule of my apartment building, and our mail lady is there, filling boxes.)

Mail Lady: “Hey, A6, how’s it going?”

(Even though we’ve only lived there 6 months, she is the sweetest, friendliest woman and always jokingly calls people by their apartment numbers.)

Me: “Hi! It’s um… going good!”

Mail Lady: “Nothing good for you today, it looks like probably a bunch of junk… Oh, hey, have you got a letter there? I can take it!”

(She holds her hand out for it, but I don’t give it up. I promptly start crying. She smiles gently.)

Mail Lady: “Not quite ready?”

Me: “It’s… it’s a letter to my birth mother. I was going to go to the mailbox to see if I was strong enough to drop it in.”

(She gently puts her hand on mine.)

Mail Lady: “Now you don’t have to.”

(I look at her uncertainly.)

Mail Lady: “I’m a sign, A6. Me being here right at this exact moment is the sign that you’re supposed to mail that letter.”

(She gently takes it from me and I let her. I’m speechless, all I can do is wipe my tears.)

Mail Lady: *smiling at me as she leaves* “They’re gonna love you.”

(I went out to my car and cried for ten minutes. Reuniting with my birth family has been an emotional rollercoaster. In five weeks I am going to meet my birth father for the first time. Thank you, Mail Lady, for making all this possible for me… Without you I might never have mailed that letter.)

A Sweet Start To The New Year

| St. Louis, MO, USA | Holidays, Kind Strangers

It is New Year’s Eve. A customer comes into the lobby with his young son and orders food and randomly asks how many people we have working. The rather confused cashier tells him how many people we have and then he tells her that he will be right back.

Ten minutes later he comes back with his food and he and his son are carrying full size candy bars. He and his son had bought enough candy bars that every worker could have one. He thanked us for being open on the holidays and apologized for taking so long as his son wanted to pick them out special.

Faith in humanity was restored for the six of us working that night.

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You’re As Cool As Ice

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Food & Drink, Kind Strangers

(I am working at a very popular amusement park that is Snoopy themed. I get put on Roving Carts which are carts that move. I don’t have a till, just an apron with pockets for cash, and there is no phone available so I have to wait to be checked on if I want anything. Using a cell phone is frowned upon. On this day it is unbearably hot and my manager said she might pull me after she gets back from lunch. I have drunk all my water and am just hovering under the little shade my cart has. A girl from the store next to me comes by with a dolly full of ice.)

Girl: “I am on my way to DQ for ice. Want me to pick you up some water?”

Me: “Are you serious? I don’t even know you!”

Girl: “I get it; it’s hot outside. I’ll be right back, if you don’t mind waiting a minute.”

(She came back a few seconds later with three bags of ice and a cup of water in her hands. After she gave me the water, a half hour later my manager pulled me in because it got too hot. I still don’t know that girl’s name but my other coworkers said she did it for them, too.)

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A Sweet Twist

| ON, Canada | Family & Kids, Language & Words

(A lot of my relatives are not very well off financially, and neither are a lot of people in the neighbourhoods they live in. This happens when one of my little cousins is in kindergarten.)

Teacher: “And what do you want to be when you grow up, [Cousin]?”

Cousin: “A sugar daddy!”

Teacher: “A what?! Oh… Uh… And… why do you want to be that?”

Cousin: “Because there’s lot of poor kids whose parents can’t buy them any candy, so when I grow up, I’ll get rich, and then I’ll buy candy for all the poor kids.”